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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling

Makes

24 servings

With its gingersnap crust and maple syrup drizzle, this rich and creamy spiced pumpkin dessert never fails to get rave reviews. It cuts nicely, too. —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
Contest-Winning Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups crushed gingersnaps (about 30 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Maple syrup
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine gingersnap crumbs and butter. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with nutmeg.
  3. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of baking dish to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Cut into squares; serve with syrup and, if desired, sweetened whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 276 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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